Are you saying THEY are knitters and you want to get a gift for them as new knitters? Or, are you, as a new knitter, wanting to make them gifts? If it's A, all knitters need yarn and needles of various kinds. It its B, I suggest hats. They are easy, and fun to do. Don't be intimidated by a 16" circular, it is not hard to use, then use dpns or another circular to add to the first to finish off. DPNs are not that bad, you only use two at a time. Circular hats are easier in the long run. No seam. But seaming isn't bad either. A hat was my DH's first project.